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UEFA Champions League Roundup: United Falter As Madrid And Dortmund Soar

Andrew Seah |
February 26, 2014 | 7:52 p.m. PST

Executive Producer

David Moyes' Red Devils continue their poor form. (Hasegawa Takashi/Creative Commons)
David Moyes' Red Devils continue their poor form. (Hasegawa Takashi/Creative Commons)
It’s the second bout of fixtures for the UEFA Champions League round of 16. So how did the teams fair? 

SEE ALSO: UEFA Champions League: Round of 16 Results

Olympiakos 2-0 Manchester United 

It’s another weekly dose of misery for fallen giants Manchester United – this time in Athens against Greek opponents FC Olympiakos. Quality strikes that bookended the half-time break sunk the Red Devils to a new low this season. Argentine midfielder Alejandro Dominguez drew first blood in the 38th minute with a deft flick in the first half. Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell then doubled the lead for the home side with a sublime 54th minute finish – but United were already defeated long before that. For the Greek side, it’s the first win in five attempts against the reigning Premier League champions, who will now return to Old Trafford knowing that their best chance at silverware this season is all but lost.

Schalke 1-6 Real Madrid

This is what the Bernabeu faithful expected when Real Madrid first signed speedy winger Gareth Bale. The Welshman, along with Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, tormented the German side with brutal efficiency – they each notched a brace for the Spanish side. Benzema and Bale fired two early goals as Madrid got off to a flying start. As the match progressed, the gulf in classes between the sides grew wider as Madrid dominated midfield and looked to score frequently. Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti called it “the perfect game” since he took over the reigns from Jose Mourinho this season.

Zenit St. Petersburg 2-4 Borussia Dortmund

Home side Zenit St Petersburg dug themselves a hole after conceding a goal within the first 77 seconds. Following Marco Reus’ mazy run, Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan slotted the loose ball home to the crowd’s dismay. Reus then got on the scoresheet himself, latching onto teammate Kevin Grosskreutz’s pass. Zenit did pull one back shortly after halftime but Polish target man Robert Lewandowski ended their hopes with a clinical second-half brace. Much like their German rivals Bayern Munich, Dortmund are now in pole position to secure a quraterfinals berth come March 19.

Galatasary 1-1 Chelsea

Although an away draw in Istanbul would seem like a victory for Jose Mourinho’s men, there was a sense that Chelsea missed an opportunity to put the tie to bed. Little-used Fernando Torres opened proceedings with a 9th minute strike. In the exhilarating opening exchanges, the English side’s creative trio – Willian, Schurrle, Hazard – repeatedly exploited gaps left behind by Galatasary’s overly-aggressive fullbacks. It was a comfortable first hour for the away side, until Cameroon defender Aurélien Chedjou leveled the match. A final flurry by the Turkish side in the late stages left the eventual draw in jeopardy. Nevertheless, Chelsea will be confident of qualification heading into the second-leg at Stamford Bridge.



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